Adolescent Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally early orthodontic treatment is called for in some cases. Is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together? In a word: Yes.
One has to do with the development of the teeth: While there is no set timetable for every kid, generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.
Secondly, whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat. Especially for teens, improved appearance can have a major impact on self-image and lead to increased confidence.
Many teens discover a social element to getting orthodontic treatment. If you need braces, you will discover you’re not alone! Chances are good that you’ll see some of your classmates in our office and even solidify and make new friendships as you go through the process together. Our teenaged patients find that when their treatment is done, they will have a smile that they can be proud of, and the benefits will last a lifetime!
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